Renewables bring 55.8% of Germany's H1 power production

Enercon wind turbines. Image by: Enercon (www.enercon.de).

July 3 (Renewables Now) - Renewables were responsible for 55.8% of Germany’s net electricity generation in the first half of 2020, reaching a record-high level fuelled by strong winds, a new report shows.

According to data released on Wednesday by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, a new monthly-high was achieved in February when renewables accounted for 61.8% of the overall power production. 

Wind was the largest contributor to the first-half result with 75 TWh of electricity generated, up from 67.2 TWh in the year-ago period, and brought 30.6% of the country’s net electricity output. Solar came second, with around 27.9 TWh fed into the public grid that gave it a share of 11.4%. This was an 11.2% rise as compared to the first six months of 2019 thanks to the better weather conditions.

While solar and wind parks supplied a total of 102.9 TWh into the grid, generation from hard coal-fired plants slumped by 46% to just 14.4 TWh. The shares of lignite and hard coal fell to 13.7% and 6%, respectively.

With 23.7 TWh produced, biomass plants had a 9.7% share of the total net generation. Hydropower production came at 9.5 TWh, down 9% in annual terms.

Electricity consumption for January-June decreased to 234.2 TWh from 245.7 TWh a year back, while production marked an 8% drop to 243.8 TWh. The drop is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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